A GEM IN SLEEPY CHINATOWN- chow fun is one of those place i have just accidentally stumble upon one evening while cruising down gallery row on the opposite end of chinatown, trying to make sense out of all the highly abstract 'art' that i was being exposed to.
well, in all fairness, it is wonderful that the gallery scene is taking off in chinatown as it adds an extra dimension that is badly needed since the dwindling of chinatown for the past decade. what really caught my eyes wasn't just the classy, designer retro-kungfu-ish decorations, or the simple but down to earth fusion menu, or the interesting architecture of the building which carries a historical significance since the architect designed the tower to symbolized the hanging of the chinese back in the days when it was ok to do so. what really impresses me was the hospitality of the owner, everette, his sense of unpretentious hospitality where he makes you feel at home with ease, a place where you can truly kick back and relax, slowly sipping a beer from their selection of over 15 different kinds, sampling their signature dishes of honey pineapple chicken or their special marinated short ribs, just perfect with my ice cold beer. the first night when i discovered this place, they were having a special nite of " cajun " cuisine with fresh crayfish
that their supplier next door have just picked up from LAX!! i have just happened to get there before they lock up and instead of being grumpy and reluctant, everette was joyful and happy to have me join him and his friends for a special treat of louisiana crayfish,
with chinese newspaper all spread out on the wooden table, everyone getting down and dirty, it was a scene i just wouldn't have imagined after the super cool art scene where most people are trying so hard to be
'well composed'. it was like a breathe of fresh air to me, ever since then, i have made it a point to visit chinatown with whatever excuse i can muster, rather it is a break from the crazy rush hour traffic, or a romantic date with someone i have just met, or getting together with a few friends after a show. it is nice to know there are still places like this in a city that is full of p.f. chang's or huston's, a place that is intimate and down to earth at the same time.